TTT time! This week’s prompt has to do with series I won’t finish or I shelved for a long time. As usual, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info).
These days, I am very picky about which series I’ll read because I don’t want to commit to two or three or more books in lieu of others on my TBR. As you’ll see, for most of the series on my list I enjoyed the first book but not enough to be drawn into that world to want to experience more. For some, of course, I didn’t even like book 1. There are also some series that I devoured as a teen or in my early 20s and loved but now that I am older and maybe more demanding on what makes a book great, I won’t want to spend my time with a simpler book despite the fact that I would probably enjoy it.
TTT of my bye-bye series
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This might be the most controversial on my list. I know people love this series. I did read the first book and listened to the second. But I am not sure I ever even finished that one. I watched the movies since then and somehow I never got into that series and now I just don’t feel like reading it.
- Harper Connelly Graphic Novels by Charlaine Harris. Since I liked the Sookie Stackhouse stories, I was drawn to this graphic novel series but alas I didn’t get it and I didn’t even enjoy the illustrations all that much (admittedly I did accidentally read book 2 first but still). I can’t see myself picking up another book in this series or in the actual novel series.
- Fifty Shades by E.L. James. I audiobooked the first book but never got around to book 2 and 3 and I am glad I didn’t.
- The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch. I enjoyed book 1 but felt that the language was immature and simple. I tried reading the second one but gave up. Maybe it would be better in German???
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I don’t understand why there will be a second book. Nope!
- Any James Bond book. I essentially love all Bond movies and was really looking forward to reading Ian Fleming. Well, Casino Royale portrayed Bond quite sexist and that was not enjoyable at all – it was painfully obvious because the book is written in first person view. So, I decided to stay ignorant and just watch the movies.
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. There is a prequel to this book and I am not interested. In general, I feel fairly negative toward prequels.
- Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I actually flew through the first book and vowed I’d read this series. But thinking about it now, I have really no desire to do that.
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I liked the first book for sure but again if I weigh the next books against other books on my TBR, the other books win.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I am torn about this one. I enjoyed the first book but it was just so damn long – unnecessarily so in my opinion. So, although I am interested in the other books, I will probably not read them.
Series I enjoyed as a teen or in my early 20s and now have much more intriguing books on my TBR list:
- Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris – I loved those books and made it to like book 10 maybe? I think there are 3 more books but at the moment I can’t justify reading those over some other books on my TBR.
- Robert Langdon by Dan Brown. I read books 1-3 but won’t be continuing on. At this point, the series is too trivial and too sensationalized for my taste.
- Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Colonel Race, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle, Harley Quin, or any other Agathe Christie series. I loved, loved, loved everything Christie as a teen and read so many of her books but I don’t think I will purposely finish the series I had started because there are so many other books to be read.
- Time Quintet by Madelaine L’Engle. I really enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time but I won’t be reading the sequels. Ain’t nobody got time for that.